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The #txlege practice of balancing the #txbudget by diverting dedicated funds hurts local budgets & property taxpayers ow.ly/JdeoC
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The Texas Legislature’s longstanding practice of balancing and certifying the state budget by diverting dedicated funds intended for certain purposes impacts many county programs and local budgets. The cost of this budgetary trick is ultimately passed on to local property tax payers through the higher taxes necessary to fund the impacted county programs.
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  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts must certify that there are sufficient funds available in the General Appropriations Act to cover approved spending by the Legislature before the bill is sent to the governor for approval.

  • In complying with this provision of the constitution, various techniques are used in order to certify and balance the state’s budget.

  • One particular technique is the longstanding practice of using non-appropriated, dedicated general funds (GR-dedicated) for certification.

  • There are more than 200 GR-dedicated accounts, and each account is statutorily dedicated for a particular purpose.

  • GR-dedicated accounts are a method of finance that includes accounts within the General Revenue Fund that are dedicated as a result of legislative action. 
  • GR-dedicated funds are appropriated in nearly all of the articles in the General Appropriations Act. By far the largest allocation is to Article III (Education).
 

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